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FridayJuly 4, 2014

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Prince Royce Cancels 3 Upcoming Concerts in Spain

Prince Royce Cancels 3 Upcoming Concerts in Spain

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Singer Prince Royce announced in Miami that he was calling off the three concerts he had scheduled for this weekend in Spain due to “the failure of local promoters to meet their obligations.”

“I feel terrible about having to disappoint my fans in Spain,” Prince Royce said in a communique, adding that the promoters’ noncompliance was “beyond his control.”

The concerts, which were part of the tour promoting his latest album “Soy el Mismo,” were scheduled for July 4, 5 and 6 in Tenerife, Madrid and Barcelona, respectively.

The young singer-songwriter promised his followers that “I will work hard” to schedule other dates in the near future and “offer you the concert you deserve.”

The artist has won fame in the United States and Puerto Rico with his mix of bachata and Latin pop and has picked up a number of prizes like the four he received in April at the Billboard Latin Music Awards.

In recent years he has also shared the stage and made recordings with such stars as Enrique Iglesias, Pitbull, Mana, Daddy Yankee, Selena Gomez and Thalia.

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Brazil Looks Forward to World Cup Quarterfinals

Brazil Looks Forward to World Cup Quarterfinals

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Brazil will face Colombia Friday for a spot in the World Cup semi-final. Everybody expects a tough game for Brazil, which is hosting the tournament. In a country where soccer is king, every Brazilian has an opinion on the national team.

In Flamengo, one can see the majestic Sugar Loaf mountain, but nobody really pays attention to one of the most iconic sights in Rio. Here, it is the ball that gets all the attention. Amateurs, kids, everybody is playing soccer. And everybody has an opinion on the Selecao, the Brazilian national team.

Many, like Mateus Marquez Custodio, think the team will beat Colombia.

“I think the team is playing very well. Everybody is playing well. Julio Cesar, the goalkeeper, has been criticized but is playing a terrific football and Neymar also is playing well,” said Custodio.

As was expected before the tournament, Brazil finished first in group A. However, the team’s style received a lot of criticism. The last game against Chile in the round of 16 did not quiet the criticism. Brazil could not win during the 90-minute game or in overtime. Instead, Brazil qualified through penalty kicks. Neymar, the striker, is a star, but his teammates do not have his talent and the 22-year-old player often seems alone on the field.

Coach Jimenez, who mentors teenagers, believes the young Neymar should have received more help.

“There was a lot of responsibilities given to Neymar. He has to do everything by himself. Fred is not good at all but his position is forward and the ball is not getting to him,” said Jimenez.

Brazil has scored 8 goals in 4 games, but Colombia has scored 11 times. Five of those goals were scored by James Rodriguez, the World Cup’s top scorer and the new Colombian superstar.

Residents of Flamengo still hope the odds are in favor of Brazil, which has won 5 trophies, a record in World Cup history. Paul Camargo hopes Brazil will add a sixth cup.

“I am Brazilian so I believe. Even if I know that they do not play well. They have disappointed us on a few occasions. But as a Brazilian, I have to be faithful,” said Camargo.

Brazil and Colombia will kick off Friday in Fortaleza at 5 PM local time. In Flamengo, everyone will be watching and cheering for the home team.

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Blog del Narco: Body Bags Containing 3 Young Men Dumped Near Prosecutors Office

Blog del Narco: Body Bags Containing 3 Young Men Dumped Near Prosecutors Office

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Three dismembered bodies were found near a regional delegation of the Mexican Attorney General’s Office in the southern city of Chilpancingo, authorities in Guerrero state said.

Responding to an anonymous telephone tip, Federal Police and soldiers went to the site before dawn Thursday and discovered “three bags with dismembered bodies,” the Guerrero state AG’s office told Efe.

The bags were accompanied by a message threatening state Gov. Angel Aguirre and Chilpancingo Mayor Mario Moreno.

The remains belong to three men between the ages of 25 and 35, the state AG’s office said in a statement, adding that each man had been shot in the head.

Authorities launched an investigation as federal security forces stepped up patrols in Chilpancingo, the state capital, where a gang known as Los Rojos is battling with the upstart Guerreros Sureños for control of the drug trade and other criminal rackets.

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Fun Facts - Fourth of July

Fun Facts - Fourth of July

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On this day in 1776, the Continental Congress approved the Declaration of Independence, setting the 13 colonies on the road to freedom as a sovereign nation. As always, this most American of holidays will be marked with red, white and blue flags, fireworks, parades and backyard barbecues across the country.


2.5 million

In July 1776, the estimated number of people living in the newly independent nation. Source: Historical Statistics of the United States: Colonial Times to 1970

318.4 million

The nation’s estimated population on this July Fourth. Source: U.S. and World Population Clock

The Signers

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FridayJuly 4, 2014